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custom inspiration board: a kentucky derby baby shower

2.28.2010

This board was made for Gretchen who is hosting a couples baby shower on the day of the Kentucky Derby... can I just say I love this idea?! She's having the event at a country club and wanted something somewhat elegant, but not over the top. The mom to be is having a boy, so I created a fresh and preppy look that suits both the races and the baby shower theme.

Theme: Kentucky Derby

Party Ideas
Color Palette: navy blue & green with yellow accents
Setting: a couples baby shower for 20-30, lunch at a country club
Invitations: to be custom designed. include a navy horseshoe icon (or a rocking horse!) to be used across all paper goods. encourage guests to dress in their derby best, including hats of course.
Decorations: Consider periwinkle and white hydrangea with daises as accent flowers for centerpieces- low arrangements in mint julep style cups. Rocking horses are a cute twist on derby/baby shower. if you can find some miniatures to put on the table it would add a little something.
Food: A seated lunch with an upscale twist on Kentucky favorites like fried chicken breasts, heirloom tomatoes, green beans and southern style cornbread. chocolate pecan pie for dessert. iced tea, lemonade and classic mint juleps to drink.
Favors: giving everyone a silver plated mint julep cup to keep would be a lovely gesture, or keep it simple by giving cookie favors in glassine bags with ribbon that are iced with the icon from the paper goods.
Other: instead of traditional shower games, create a few betting sheets to be done over lunch, both for the big race and to quiz couples about new parenting. Have prizes for the winners.

Photo Credits
Row 1: seersucker suit via citizen arcane; mint julep via southern living; table setting via martha stewart; mad men via ritzy bee
Row 2: favor boxes via
martha stewart; hat via stiletto sports; flowers; table settings via enjoy cando

Row 3: dasies via
real simple; coasters via etsy; invite via coco and kelley
Row 4:
socks via kelly oshiro; table setting via veranda; hats via snippet and ink

Julie Gallagher (February 28, 2010 at 12:39 PM)  

What lovely original ideas! WELL DONE! Love the idea of a rocking horse instead of a horse horse...

Shelley (March 1, 2010 at 7:18 AM)  

What great ideas! Love it!

Shelley@DivinePartyConcepts

Ashley (March 1, 2010 at 10:48 AM)  

Gorgeous inspiration board! Love the idea and the hats!

brittany (March 10, 2010 at 10:56 AM)  

where did you order the invitations from?

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